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Old dealer Photos of Bumstead Chevrolet in Troy NY


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I figured you would all appreciate a little nostalgia I came across.

I recently bought some dealer literature from one of the relatives of a salesman at Bumstead Chevrolet in Troy NY.   With the collection came these great Glossy 8 x 10 photos of the Dealership over the years.  I think they are from 1950, 1955, 1958 and in the late 60's.  Look at the great advertising from the time. 

 

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And the best for last comes with some great interior photos from the Dealership from 1937, 1950? and the early 1960's.  

The parts Department was pretty nice in the 30's.  I'm still drooling over all the accessories.  (these photos are getting framed and hung in my office). post-86835-0-01296900-1452308394_thumb.jpost-86835-0-34119000-1452308400_thumb.jpost-86835-0-29256200-1452308407_thumb.jpost-86835-0-01440200-1452308416_thumb.jpost-86835-0-85859400-1452308423_thumb.jpost-86835-0-34653800-1452308433_thumb.jpost-86835-0-88685300-1452308440_thumb.jpost-86835-0-23411400-1452308450_thumb.jpost-86835-0-60030900-1452308460_thumb.j

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I'm in the New Old Stock parts business so I was really pleased to get these photos as a bonus with the lot. I imagine nice photos especially originals like these of such a nicely presented parts department are fairly scarce. 

Mr Peabody set the way back machine for 1937, Troy NY.  I have some shopping to do :)

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The style of truck in the first picture started in 73 so that has to be earliest year. Like Bleach I was looking for a bossman named Mr. Dithers and some totem pole sandwiches laying around.

Hey Dave, That particular grill style of the truck ran from '75 to '78 so it was a little difficult to identify the exact year but the Impala, second in line on the top row is clearly a '75 so I think that nails it.  B) 

Also, if my guess is correct, then according to the Golden Anniversary banner, the dealership must have opened in 1925.

Greg

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Appreciate 'em?  I LOVE 'em!  What awesome photos to have ... so enjoy seeing pics like these!

 

 

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Hey Dave, That particular grill style of the truck ran from '75 to '78 so it was a little difficult to identify the exact year but the Impala, second in line on the top row is clearly a '75 so I think that nails it.  B) 

Also, if my guess is correct, then according to the Golden Anniversary banner, the dealership must have opened in 1925.

Greg

I see the grille has larger and less numerous holes starting in 75. I'm a Ford guy, the basic style is the same. I also know Auburnseeker can tell cars from the 70s, it just seemed like an oversight. This is a 73... BLONDIE!!!

 

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I see the grille has larger and less numerous holes starting in 75. I'm a Ford guy, the basic style is the same. I also know Auburnseeker can tell cars from the 70s, it just seemed like an oversight. This is a 73... BLONDIE!!!

 

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I really like this body style Dave. I know it's not too vintage yet, but I think it will stand the test of time. I remember when this body first came out in '73. It made quite a stir with the (then) HUGE back window. I've had several over the years and just a couple months ago bought a very clean '77 Cheyenne K-20 from the original owner here in Los Angeles. I love it.

(sorry, didn't mean to hijack  :o )

Greg

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I know this is an old thread.

My name is David J. Patzarian

My Dad, John worked for Bumsteads  (Jim Patrick) on and off in the 60's and 70's

I believe that his him holding the anniversary sign on the far right (its a tad blurry)

I am looking to Collect memorabilia from Bumsteads during the time he was in Troy and Cohoes

The problem is there are not too many guys around anymore to help me piece the time together.

I bought a number of beautiful 70's Chevrolets off the Auction Lot across the street  when I was in HS. 

I remember some of the Guys....McKay....Jimmy Chifare....McCabe? If anyone has any info, I would appreciate an

email.

 

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Auburnseeker, I came across this post from 2016 as I was searching Bumstead. I’ve shared some additional photos that I thought you and d.patzarian would appreciate. My grandfather Marvin Tilley worked there beginning in 1931. He retired after 53 years. His brothers Art and Elmer also worked there; all 3 as mechanics. If you still have any of the photos- particularly the second photo in the second grouping that you posted, and would be willing to part with any of them, I would be interested. I believe the gentleman kneeling by the open car door is my grandfather.

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My Grandfather I believe was the sales manager post WWII.  For this that worked there or had a family member who worked there at that time it would be great to see if you have any photos of the staff during that time.  His name is John and was known as the Bumpstead man.  Lol.  Thank you. 

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